Permanent Human Settlement of the Earth, Space and Ocean Frontiers

Sunday, December 09, 2007


Ralph Buttigieg
Sydney, NSW
Heres a use for lunar resources I bet you never thought off. This fellow built a mirror system to collect moonbeams. Apparently a thousand people have gone to the site to bath in moonlight, is supposed to have beneficial health affects. He's accepting $10 donations but I wonder how long it will be before he sets a proper charge. I guess he could hire it to Wiccans for their full moon ceremonies too. I think it would be a good place to party and drink lots of space beer. Now why didn't I think of it?

THREE POINTS, Arizona (Reuters) - Financial advisor Jaron Ness stands in the cool desert air waiting for the clouds to clear and the moon to rise.

As the conditions come into alignment, he steps into the path of a cool blaze of blue-white light bounced off a wall of highly polished parabolic mirrors five storeys high.

"It feels magnetic," he says, turning his hands slowly in the reflected glow of the light from the almost full moon.

The young professional from Colorado is among a growing number of curious people beating a path to this patch of scrub-strewn land out in the Arizona desert to bask in light from the world's first moonbeam collector.

A Tucson-based inventor and businessman Richard Chapin and his wife Monica are behind the giant device, which gathers up and focuses the light of the moon.

The effect of the moon's gravitational pull on the Earth's tides and other natural phenomena has been studied for millennia. Less attention has focused on the sunlight reflected from its surface.

The Chapins built the large, one-of-a-kind contraption that stands in the desert some 15 miles (24 km) west of Tucson, Arizona, in the belief that moonlight might have applications for medicine, industry and agriculture.

"So much work has focused on the sun. We have just forgotten about this great object that has been here for billions of years, has affected us in all forms of our evolution," said Chapin, who paid for the project with his own money....